Top 5 ex­hi­bi­tions to catch in early 2019

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Yeoh Choo Kuan - Stream­ing Moun­tain Richard Koh Fine Art, KL (Jan 10-30)

Kuala Lumpur-based yeoh Choo Kuan’s stream­ing Moun­tain is his third solo ex­hi­bi­tion with the gallery. He draws on his child­hood mem­o­ries of il­lus­tra­tions in a book called the Diyu (realm of the dead of “hell” in Chi­nese mythol­ogy) and com­bines this with the aes­thet­ics of tra­di­tional Chi­nese land­scapes de­pict­ing shan shui (moun­tain and stream) in th­ese monochro­matic works on can­vas.

Axis By Praxis G13 Gallery, Pe­tal­ing Jaya (Jan 12-26)

If there is off-cen­tre new­comer artist Ho Mei Kei in a group show, it is al­ready worth a men­tion. she’s a star on the rise. axis By Praxis fea­tures five emerg­ing tal­ents from south-east asia: nik Mohd shazmie and Ho from Malaysia, natisa Jones from In­done­sia, an­chalee arayapong­panich and Kit­ti­sak Thap­koa from Thai­land. What is an emerg­ing artist from the re­gion con­cerned about? Here are five voices pre­sent­ing their take on the dy­nam­ics of iden­tity within the con­text of tra­di­tion, cul­ture and his­tory, with a bit of me­dia ex­per­i­men­ta­tion thrown into the mix.

Foo May Lyn - 10,000 Mos­quito Hearts Our ArtPro­jects (Jan 27-Feb 17)

you al­ways find the real gems in the smaller pri­vate gal­leries. Foo May Lyn’s 10,000 Mos­quito Hearts looks to be an in­ter­est­ing propo­si­tion. Cu­rated by sharon Chin, this is Pe­nang-based Kuala Lumpur-born artist/ac­tress/jew­ellery-maker Foo’s first solo show in KL. Fea­tur­ing in­tri­cate works on pa­per, tex­tiles and soft sculp­ture, the artist, who had long stints liv­ing in Lon­don and Paris, weaves myth, per­sonal jour­ney and cur­rent af­fairs into a con­tem­po­rary epic. Peo­ple in Pe­nang will know Foo as the per­son who runs Chop Kongsi, an ate­lier/workspace.

Par­alog­i­cal Machines: Where Im­ages Meet Us In Time And Space

Wei-Ling Con­tem­po­rary, KL (Jan 10-Feb 17) Wei-Ling Con­tem­po­rary is the sort of gallery that does group shows dif­fer­ently. There is al­ways the cu­ra­tion that goes the ex­tra mile. Gath­er­ing some of europe and south-east asian’s lead­ing me­dia artists, in­clud­ing Charles Lim, erika Tan, Ken­neth Fe­in­stein, ra­jin­der singh and Tintin Wu­lia, Par­alog­i­cal Machines: Where Im­ages Meet us In Time and space prom­ises to raise more ques­tions than it an­swers. The works en­cour­age con­ver­sa­tion and thought on how con­text changes ex­pe­ri­ence and how we per­ceive the world around us.

Chia Yu Chian: Pri­vate Lives Il­ham Gallery, KL (Feb 16 to June 15)

If you want archival shows, Il­ham Gallery is the place. Chia yu Chian, born in 1936 in Jo­hor, was the first artist from Malaysia and sin­ga­pore to re­ceive a schol­ar­ship from the French gov­ern­ment to study art at the ecole na­tionale supériere des Beaux-arts in Paris. He cre­ated more than 5,000 pieces of art dur­ing his life­time as he never stopped paint­ing un­til his death. In Pri­vate Lives, the pres­ence of the hu­man fig­ure is cen­tral to this col­lec­tion of paint­ings, which span over a decade of Chia’s life from the late 1970s un­til his pass­ing in 1991. un­like the still life and streetscapes of his younger days, Pri­vate Lives zooms in on so­cial drama and the qui­eter slice-of-life mo­ments. The last ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion to fea­ture Chia’s art­work posthu­mously was in sin­ga­pore in 2009. Last year, the Chia yu Chian en­livened ex­hi­bi­tion was held in KL, spark­ing re­newed main­stream in­ter­est in this Malaysian pi­o­neer’s work.

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